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Wondering Where Your Past Events in the iOS Calendar App Have Gone?

By | 2018-04-23T13:17:13+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Mac Tips|

When it comes to calendars, we’re mostly concerned with the future. But sometimes you want to travel back in time too, to see when you had that doctor appointment or last went to the gym. If you scroll back in the Calendar app in iOS, you might discover, to your consternation, that after 2 weeks [...]

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Apple Pay Is Faster, Easier, More Secure, and More Private Than Using Credit Cards

By | 2018-04-17T12:13:40+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Mac Tips|

You’ve probably heard of Apple Pay, but have you set it up so you can use it to pay for purchases at checkout? If not, give it a try, since it’s one of those living-in-the future Apple technologies that feels like science fiction every time you use it. Simply put your iPhone, iPad, or Apple [...]

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There’s a Hidden Keyboard Shortcut Cheat Sheet in Your iPad

By | 2018-04-12T18:47:04+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Mac Tips|

If you’re working on an iPad with a physical keyboard—either a Bluetooth keyboard or an iPad Pro with Apple’s Smart Keyboard—there are quite a few keyboard shortcuts you can use to work faster. Many are what you’d guess if you have Mac experience; for instance, Command-F generally maps to Find. But to see a list [...]

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Solving the Mystery of Missing Messages Notifications

By | 2018-04-09T12:42:42+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Mac Tips|

A client got in touch recently with a maddening problem. When he received texts on his iPhone, Messages displayed notifications for messages from everyone…except his wife! Needless to say, this was a problem. Since notifications appeared correctly for other people, it wasn’t related to overall settings. It turned out that he—or someone else, or iOS [...]

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Use Modifier Keys to Do More—a Lot More—with Mouse Drags

By | 2018-04-05T11:29:59+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Mac Tips|

Dragging files and folders around is core to the Mac experience—drag a file from one folder to another to move it, drag a folder from one drive to another to copy it. But did you know that if you hold down the Option key while dragging a file in the Finder, you’ll get a green [...]

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iCloud Photo Library Users: Do NOT Turn Off iCloud

By | 2018-03-31T12:55:37+00:00 March 31st, 2018|Mac Tips|

File this warning under “unless it’s absolutely necessary.” If you use iCloud Photo Library on your Mac, don’t sign out from iCloud. Also, don’t deselect the iCloud Photo Library checkbox in either the Photos options of the iCloud pane of System Preferences or in the iCloud preferences in Photos itself. Why not? Because, when you [...]

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Apple Introduces New iPad with Apple Pencil Support, Updates iWork

By | 2018-03-28T15:48:39+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Mac Tips|

At a special education event on March 27th, Apple introduced a new 9.7-inch iPad that offers faster performance, support for the Apple Pencil, and a few new camera-related features. The company also released new versions of the iWork apps—Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—that let users draw, sketch, and write with the Apple Pencil. Sixth-generation iPad For [...]

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Apple’s Family Sharing Simplifies Sharing Purchases and Managing Kid Capabilities

By | 2018-03-27T13:42:07+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Mac Tips|

Family life is all about togetherness, but keeping track of who’s doing what when can be tough. Apple’s Family Sharing service makes it easy to share apps, media, and more within a family of up to six members, and it provides a few helpful digital housekeeping capabilities, such as locating your kid’s misplaced iPad. Here’s [...]

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Need to Do Some Simple Math? Get Siri to Do It!

By | 2018-03-23T00:23:06+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Mac Tips|

If you’re reading this, chances are good that you’re not in elementary school, but it’s still easy to end up with a bunch of numbers you need to calculate. Perhaps you’re trying to total receipts for an expense report, average your kid’s report card grades, or split a restaurant bill. Either way, instead of launching [...]

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Did You Know You Can Put Shadows on Text You Type on the Mac?

By | 2018-03-21T19:01:40+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Mac Tips|

Snazzy shadowed text probably isn’t appropriate for your company’s annual report, but if you’re whipping up a flyer for a birthday party, you might want to jazz up the text. You can do that in most Mac apps that support macOS’s system-level Fonts palette. Select your text, and then bring up the Fonts palette. Generally [...]

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